Bangladesh SC grants bail to ex-PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

Bangladesh SC grants bail to ex-PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

Bangladesh SC grants bail to ex-PM Khaleda Zia in corruption case

The Bangladesh High Court granted bail to Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday, BDNews24 reported.

Later, the ACC and the government moved the appeals before the SC challenging the HC's bail order.

The Supreme Court rejected both of the appeals upholding the bail.

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Meanwhile, Khaleda's counsel and former law minister Barrister Maudud Ahmed said as his client is yet to secure bail in some more cases filed against her, she will not be able to come out of jail right now.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Attorney General appealed to the court for holding more arguments in the case.

However, Mohammad Ali apologised to the court and said: "The court can react, but the court does not allow us (lawyers) to react". Zia was sentenced to five years in prison on February 8 for allegedly embezzling funds that were meant for an orphanage.

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Court officials said a four-member bench of Supreme Court's Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain unanimously chose to grant bail to Zia, the chairperson of the Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), upholding a previous High Court order.

She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8 last. The judges reportedly considered her health condition and her short jail term before granting her the bail. The court had also sentenced Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now in the United Kingdom, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each, and fined them a total of 2.1 crore taka, saying that all the convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts.

He said Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.

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Following a hearing, the HC had already stayed trial proceedings of six cases. The other case was filed with a Dhaka court on charge of making seditious comments about the freedom fighters and the Liberation War martyrs.

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